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Watch your Back: June 13 to 18, 2022

Hello again, I apologize for my absence in the past couple of weeks but things have been pretty rough lately what with a new job I detest and a general feeling of dissatisfaction. In any case, life and crowdfunding goes on, so let's see what's launching.


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First, we have the 1-4 player route building game Globetrotting. Your goal is to plan three big trips around the world while staying within your budget. The game is by the designers of Canvas, and features big plastic globes that you can write on with a marker.


In the multiplayer mode, each player selects a destination and adds it to one of their trips. The further you go, the more expensive it will be. The winner is the player who scores the most travel goals. Solo rules haven't been revealed yet. It is launching on Kickstarter on June 14.

Image source: screenshot from Road to Infamy Games Facebook

Personal opinion: I would enjoy playing with the globes in a multiplayer setting but not solo.


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Bretwalda may be the most beautiful game of the year. The reproduction of the Medieval aesthetic in the components is superb. That said, this is a 1-4 player area control and negotiation game which, to me, it pretty much means the solo mode is shoehorned. You are playing as one of the four kingdoms of Britain vying for supremacy. It will launch on Gamefound on June 15.

Image source: Phalanx Games Facebook

Personal opinion: A pity that such a visual masterpiece isn't too well-suited for solo, although I'm sure an effort will be made for the AI to replicate the multiplayer experience.


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After a failed first try, The Umbrella Academy: The Board Game is relaunching on Gamefound on June 15. This is a 1-5 player cooperative game inspired by the Umbrella Academy comic book series. You are playing as one of the heroes who are teaming up together to save the world, and the gameplay is mostly card-driven.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I'm not familiar with the Umbrella Academy comics, so the references will be lost on me. It looks more like fan service anyway.


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Bot Factory is Vital Lacerda's latest design (co-design, to be exact), and it is based off of Kanban, his car factory game. Worker placement and contract fulfillment are the main mechanisms, and you'll have Sandra the factory manager once again breathing down your neck. It is launching on Kickstarter on June 16.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: This one promises to be a little lighter than Kanban but the theme doesn't do it for me.


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And lastly, we have Septima: a 1-4 player action selection game by Mindclash Games, and, as they say, the company's lightest game so far. You are playing as the leader of a coven of witches, trying to practice the craft in secrecy while also competing with others to become the next Septima.


You will brew potions, heal people, and perform rites in the quest for VPs. The solo mode has been designed by the solo wizard, David Turczi. It is launching on Kickstarter on June 16.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I'm a sucker for 'occult' themes, so I'll take a very close look on this one. Looking forward to checking out the solo play.

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The Master Of Sinanju
The Master Of Sinanju
2022년 6월 26일

Bretwalda or Septima.......?

Neither or both........?



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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
2022년 6월 26일
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none of the above will save you money 🤑

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JW
JW
2022년 6월 26일

As I'm not 100% convinced Bretwalda will be as good solo as multiplayer (and I don't know anyone who'd play it with me), I'll have to let it pass. 😢


So. Athena, did you find time for the "very close look" into Septima's solo mode? Both designer notes and a playthrough video are available by now. But I hate watching videos, so if you're still planning to do so, I'll await your findings. 😁



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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
2022년 6월 26일
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I'll try to help a bit, since I watched the video (yet I would really prefer those rules in a written form). The jist is that Black Widow (the "AI" that spoils your fun) has the same actions as you (7 cards). However, there's one card that gives this AI a personality. It's basically a card that lets you repeat an action and Black Widow just has 6 copies of that card and you choose one of them to be the personality or style that the AI applies. Since it gives basically double of one action, it might make things more interesting for the AI. Now each turn only 3 cards are turned face up for the AI and you choose…


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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
2022년 6월 13일

Yeah, sorry about your suck-ass job, Athena. I dunno what you need to make, but a Liberal over here is proposing a minimum wage of $30/hr (€28.8/hr)! No skills required! Maybe you should move to the U.S., as our current administration loves to give away stuff, especially money! (What could go wrong?)


Septima looks cool. (The book series I'm reading now has lots of potions, magical healing, and rituals, among many other things).


Image Source: BGG


I find occult stuff interesting, too. A little spooky, though. 💀


Image Source: Etsy

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Athena, I’m sorry to hear about your job. Spending a third of one’s day doing something you detest is draining and I hope a better opportunity presents itself soon. In the meantime may the other two thirds of your day make up some of the difference with good sleep and entertaining gameplay!

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Clay
Clay
2022년 6월 13일

Nothing is as mentally and emotionally draining as working at a job you absolutely hate. Hang in there Athena. Hopefully better days are on the horizon. 🙂

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